I want to be appreciated. (Check the up-date below!)

Don’t we all?

Things, events, come in waves.

I’ve just written about the effort that Bob Reed has put into his ‘cause’ these last twenty years. I know that the work that he has put in behind the scenes is not understood by quite a few people who have benefited from his efforts.

I, myself, (Yes. That is redundant!) a few hours ago thanked someone, with whom I share a first name, and city, country and year of birth, and lots of (Dutch-Australian) interests.

I had received the newsletter which he edits for the Concordia Club, to mention on the websites that I look after and found out there was a piece about him, on the Radio Netherlands website.

There I wrote how he is one of (only) three people, in the Dutch-Australian community, here, in NSW. (I always have trouble calling it a community.) who have ever said or written that they appreciate what I do (in that area).

Correct! We don’t volunteer to be appreciated! We do it because we enjoy it. Or else we wouldn’t do it. I know! I know!

Meanwhile, I have another certificate, for my wall. In 2002 I showed a Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach Challenge Assessor (We still called them judge, then.) around Cobblers Beach, very early, one morning, when there was noone there. (he probably appreciated that. I don’t think she was a naturist.)
I handed her a booklet with materials (pictures, letters, magazine articles, etc., proving how friendly and crowded that beach is on warm, summer days.)

In 2003 I became a judge WHOOPS! assessor, myself, and visited the Illawarra beaches (intially, in the rain). Later I received my first certificate of appreciation. I now have five of them and I appreciate them!!


O.K. then! I am appreciated. :) (Nice surprise that last one!)
MORE (from the past) HERE

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Ramsgate, Australia

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People don’t realise how much work is done behind the scenes….. a friend of mine has often said.

I found this, in the Concordia Newsletter, for December:

To the many newspapers in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area, the Dutch Courier in Melbourne, Mr. Joop Mul from the Dutch Federation in Sydney for lending their support in making our special afternoon known to the general public.
We might be called the invisible community, we certainly noticed at our Saint Nicholas celebration that the Dutchies sure do exist in this area. …….
( Yes. That’s me: Joop Mul, (my Dutch name). You know me better as MrJoop, or Ozcloggie, or…..anyway, on with the story….)

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